GP3: Qualifying cancelled due to heavy rain at Monza, Fukuzumi on pole

The rain was just too heavy
The rain was just too heavy

Nirei Fukuzumi has been handed pole position for this afternoon’s Race 1 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza after this morning’s qualifying session was cancelled due to track conditions: the grid will be formed using yesterday’s free practice times, with the Japanese driver to line up ahead of ART Grand Prix teammates George Russell, Anthoine Hubert and Jack Aitken.

Heavy rain greeted the teams as they took their place in the pitlane: an early message advised that the session was delayed due to the conditions, and following a review by the track officials the call was made to cancel the session due to the excessive standing water and continuing rain.

As there is no time available between now and the race, qualifying could not be rescheduled: accordingly the grid will be formed from the classifications of free practice.

Behind the ART teammates Dorian Boccolacci, Steijn Schothorst, Leonardo Pulcini, Arjun Maini, Alessio Lorandi and new driver Dan Ticktum round out the top ten. Race 1 is set to take place today at 17.50 local time.

Fukuzumi noted: “Normally I want to get pole position in qualifying, but the conditions are quite bad for driving now. For the race it is a good opportunity for us to start from P1, and it is good for the Japanese fans with Nobuharu-san also in P1 from yesterday: I am used to racing in the rain from Japan, and I will look for a good result."

Free Practice/Qualifying Classification

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:38.594

17

2.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:38.693

18

3.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:38.776

19

4.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:38.786

19

5.

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:38.933

21

6.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:38.963

20

7.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:38.971

19

8.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.033

21

9.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.148

17

10.

Daniel Ticktum

DAMS

1:39.232

20

11.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:39.298

20

12.

Juan-Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.470

20

13.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:39.518

22

14.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:39.565

18

15.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:39.776

20

16.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:39.860

17

17.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:39.923

22

18.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:39.968

19

19.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:40.411

18

20.

Kevin Jorg

Trident

1:41.112

20

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